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Musicals of the 1930s


Musicals of the 1930s

Americana was not a particularly successful show, but it did feature the Depression classic
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Porter's Anything Goes featured numerous songs forever
associated with Ethel Merman, including the title song, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, and I Get a
Kick Out of You. For a cast including Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope and Merman, Porter wrote
one of his liveliest scores in Red, Hot and Blue; other notable songs include Ridin' High.


Porter, Cole. Anything Goes.
Anything Goes
Cover illustration: harris (Ben and Georgianna Harris).
New York: Harms, 1934.
Sheet Music Collection

Porter, Cole. It's D'Lovely.
Red, Hot and Blue!
Cover illustration: jorj harris (Ben and Georgianna Harris).
New York: Chappell & Co., Inc., 1936.
Sheet Music Collection

Gorney, Jay. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Words by E. Y. Harburg.
Americana: a Musical Revu.
Cover illustration: jorj (Ben and Georgianna Harris).
New York: Harms, Inc., 1932
Sheet Music Collection


Of Thee I Sing

Gershwin, George. Of Thee I Sing. a musical play, by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind;
lyrics by Ira Gershwin, with a foreword by George Jean Nathan.
Autographed by Victor Moore, William Gaxton, and Lois Moran, stars of the original
production. 8th printing.
New York, Knopf, 1932
Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays

Gershwin, George. Who Cares? Words by Ira Gershwin.
Cover Illustration: ben harris (Ben and Georgianna Harris)
New York: New World Music, 1931.

A combination of political satire, populist politics, and romance , Of Thee I Sing was
the first musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and the first modern
musical libretto to be published. Notable songs include Love is Sweeping the Country
and Of Thee I Sing Baby.


Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin's crowning musical theatre achievement, Porgy and Bess sits between musical theatre
and opera, and is fittingly subtitled "An American Folk Opera". Based on the novel Porgy by DuBose
Heyward and the play that Heyward and his wife Dorothy wrote for the Theatre Guild in 1927, Porgy
and Bess provided African-American musical performers with a serious outlet for their talents. The
distinguished cast included Anne Brown and Todd Duncan; Abbie Mitchell, one of the great stars of the
African-American musical theatre at the turn of the century, in her final theatrical role, introduced
Summertime. Notable songs include A Woman is a Sometime Thing, I got Plenty o' Nuttin', It Ain't
Necessarily So, and Bess, You Is My Woman Now.


Gershwin, George. Summertime. Words by Ira Gershwin.
Cover illustration: b. harris (Ben and Georgianna Harris)
New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp., 1935.
Sheet Music Collection

Gershwin, George. Porgy and Bess. Vocal Score. Words by Ira Gershwin.
Inscribed to Frances Herriot Sergeant, assistant stage manager on the original production, by George
Gershwin, Rouben Mamoulian and Dubose Heyward. Score includes numerous production notes, cuts,
and additions.
New York: Gershwin Publishing Corp., [1935?]
Manuscripts: Frances Herriot Sergeant Papers

George Gershwin's American Folk Opera Porgy and Bess. Souvenir Book.
A Theatre Guild Production.
Cover illustration: Alexander King
New York: Theatre Guild, [1935?]
Manuscripts: Frances Herriot Sergeant Papers

Porgy and Bess. Postcard.
Artist: Fred A. Mayer
Manuscripts: Frances Herriot Sergeant Papers
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